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Feb 11

Posts: 144

bensewell says:

Which socket set

So i've got a lot of bits and bats of socket sets i've acquired over the years but none of them up to any good standard.  

What would be the best socket set for a bike?  The old dilemma of 1/4" 1/2" or 3/8" set?  I want to make the most of the Halfords 1/2 price sale with my mates trade card discount.  I don't want to go overboard with a full set of everything that comes to £100 if chances are i won't use them?  

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Aug 02

Posts: 468


Anything from Halfords 'Professional' range is brilliant. I would suggest starting with 3/8" drive sockets for a bike and a set of combination spanners.

A torque wrench is also an essential but you need one which goes down to less than 15 lb-ft for bike applications.

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Feb 11

Posts: 144

bensewell says:

Thanks :)

Thanks fella.  I've got a torque wrench and all sorts of bits and bobs of tools from my classic mini cooper days.  I learned so much from fixing that thing so once i've got used to doing a few jobs on the bike i should be a dab hand and doing stuff myself.  I'm lucky that my mate is a mechanic and into bikes too so any massive jobs i'll rope / force beer tokens until he helps :)

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Aug 09

Posts: 2721

MarcusMarsh says:

Socket sets

A couple of years back I purchased a Halford's Professional 120-piece socket set in their january sale.  Although I would have thought twice about paying full price (because I am only an amateur fiddler), I am so glad I have it.  There is nothing like having decent tools when working on a bike.  

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Nov 07

Posts: 2432

smidget says:


you had a look at Machine Mart stuff, or Screw Fix as a comparison to Halfords.

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Mar 10

Posts: 1040

bmwgs says:


there are great deals on line. but make sure the set is in MM or the sockets wont fit your bike properly

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Feb 09

Posts: 548

To be honest

the halfords 120 piece for £99.99 is a cracking bit of kit. Unfortunately I bought it several years ago for the full price :blink:

But there is little that I cannot do on the bikes or cars with it. Also being in their advanced range it is warranted for life:biggrin:

Deffo worth the sale price


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